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5/4/1984 (32 y, 10 m, 25 d)
2005 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 25, Overall: 73, Team: Minnesota Twins
$0.2M / 1 Years (2015)
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Year in Review:
Slowey pitched half the year in 2009 before having surgery at the beginning of August to have a bone fragment removed from his wrist. Up to that point, his peripherals were very good: 7.44 K/9 and 1.49 BB/9 for a K/BB of 5.00. He has always had great control (under 1.5 BB/9 in 2008 and 2007), but his strikeouts have increased every year by about 0.5 strikeouts per nine every year. Those are very good numbers. The caveat is that he is an extreme fly-ball pitcher (20% LD, 32% GB, 48% FB in 2009), so he will give up lots of homers. Still, his 2009 ERA and WHIP (4.86 and 1.41) were out of line with how well he pitched, thanks to an unlucky .352 BABIP.
The Year Ahead:
Slowey has the chance to be an elite pitcher in 2010. He started throwing in November and should be at full strength in time for spring training. With his elite control and good strikeout numbers, he should offer solid value in wins, strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP if he comes back healthy. He is a fly-ball pitcher and in 2010 the Twins move out of the pitcher-friendly Metrodome, so there is a chance he will give up more homers in the new park, which might not be as forgiving. Because of his BABIP-inflated 2009 ERA and WHIP, as well as his injury, there is a chance that he could fall in some drafts and offer good value. (Dave Allen)
Kevin Slowey is the consummate control pitcher. Last season was his fourth straight with a BB/9 rate below 2.00. Despite that, 2010 was also Slowey's fourth straight season with an ERA above 3.99, as he finished with a mark of 4.45 to go along with his 3.98 FIP. These higher ERAs than his peripherals have been a theme for Slowey. For his career, Slowey has a 4.21 FIP but a 4.41 ERA. The most obvious cause is BABIP, for which his .319 mark from 2010 was nearly identical to his career average. The combination of those added base runners with the natural home-run problems that come with a career 32% ground-ball rate results in perennially higher ERAs than we would expect from his peripherals. We've seen this through 473 innings and 2000 batters faced, so until we see a change, our expectations of Slowey shouldn't change. He will only be 27 for much of the 2011 season, but unless something fundamentally changes with his pitching style, it's unlikely that we see any fundamental changes in his numbers. Expect double-digit wins, but a 4.30-4.50 ERA with middling strikeout and WHIP numbers. (Jack Moore)
The Quick Opinion:
Kevin Slowey is a control specialist, but his BABIP struggles keep him from becoming more than an average starter. His fantasy value is probably limited to his wins and some strikeouts.
So much went wrong for Slowey in 2011, it’s hard to figure out where the season positions him with respect to his future. He was demoted the bullpen, fought injuries, managed to get his rotation spot back, then lost eight straight decisions with an ERA of 7.25 and a WHIP of 1.41. He is almost certainly better than that, and his new home in Clevleand could help him return to relevance. He's now in the pole position for the fifth-starter role, with only Jeanmar Gomez and even more mediocre pitchers behind him. His minuscule walk rate will always make him somewhat interesting, but there's enough risk with too little upside here to make him a great play in anything but deeper leagues. (Dan Wade)
The Quick Opinion:
Getting out of Minnesota was the best thing for Slowey’s career prospects as he had worn out his welcome there, and landing in Cleveland was far landing place than his rest stop in Colorado.
Slowey was a pleasant surprise for the Marlins last season, as he went from a non-roster spring training invitee to pitching well as Miami's number two starter. Unfortunately, forearm discomfort forced him to the bullpen in mid-June and ended his season on July 25. Non-tendered in the offseason, Slowey will likely be a non-roster invitee again this spring, with no guarantees of health or a spot in the big-league rotation. The 92 innings he tossed last year represented his heaviest workload since 2010, so even if he starts the season healthy and effective, it's unlikely he will finish the year that way. (
The Quick Opinion:
Even when healthy, Slowey has never been more than a middling fantasy option. His career 4.58 ERA and 6.79 strikeouts per nine innings aren't numbers that anyone is salivating over. If he earns a rotation spot to start the year, he'll be a low-upside starter worth rostering in NL-only formats.
Slowey was decent in 2013, eating some innings for the Marlins while not surrendering a ton of runs. A repeat wasn’t in the cards. Slowey was shelled early on in 2014, and subsequently released during the summer. Perhaps trying to set him up for success, the Marlins didn’t offer him a chance to eat innings, instead deploying him as a reliever in 15 of his 17 appearances. It didn’t really matter -- he struggled in both roles. He simply doesn’t miss bats. And he doesn’t generate enough ground balls, either. Slowey, if he catches on somewhere, probably isn’t going to be given a large enough to right the wrongs he’s sewn throughout his career. (Landon Jones)
The Quick Opinion:
Slowey is a middling pitcher, a stop gap that is only used in times of duress. He won’t be on your radar unless as a last resort streaming option in deep leagues.
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Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 3:37 AM ET
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